Swing Sideways

Swing Sideways

Book - 2016
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Perfect for fans of Bridge to Terabithia and Walk Two Moons, this debut middle grade novel is the story of two girls and the unforgettable summer in which they learn about true friendship and loss.

Annie has been promised a summer of freedom in the country. Freedom from a difficult school year, freedom from her fake "friends" back in the city, and, most of all, freedom from her mom's life-governing spreadsheets and rigid schedules.

When Annie meets California, who is visiting her grandfather's farm, it seems she has found the perfect partner for the summer she's always craved. Especially when California offers Annie a real-life adventure: if she and Annie can find the ponies her mom rode as a girl, surely it will remind her mom how wonderful the farm is--and fix what's broken between her mom and her grandfather.

But Annie's summer of freedom is sprinkled with secrets, and everything she has learned about bravery and love will be put to the test when the truth behind the ultimate secret changes her life forever.

Publisher: New York, New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062374547
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 17, 2017

Swing Sideways is a wonderful novel, one of those you keep remembering all your life. There's laughter, chickens, a hurt dog needing help, and the search for two lost ponies that ties together somehow with the book's two heroines, Annie and California, finding the secret to bringing California's mother and grandfather back together again. There is sorrow and grief with the revelation of a final, heartbreaking secret, but even that sadness cannot erase hopes and dreams.

Aug 28, 2016

I had high hopes for Swing Sideways, and was ultimately left disappointed. I appreciated the portrayal of Annie's anxiety in a very real and personal way. She consistently berates herself for not being a good friend as California demands more and more of her, and I expected this to be a starting point for Annie to realize she's a perfectly fine friend or for California to see the truth and apologize. Instead, we get a stupid, predictable, unsatisfying plot twist that robs everyone of the responsibility to grow and develop as a person.

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